As we dip further into the dark nights of November, there is no time to huddle indoors and be complacent. Our green spaces and local neighbourhoods are still under threat. Property developers and planners are hard at work putting our trees and green spaces at risk and politicians putting big business in front of our planet’s future needs. Here is a selection of goings on this week.
SEEING THE TREES FROM THE WOOD – (1) Save Hackney Trees Round 3. Local residents at Navarino Mansions in Hackney have been successful in their previous petition (L.B. Hackney says it received the biggest response ever to a Tree Preservation Order request), to save a wilds space in their area. However, as per usual, the developers are re-submitting another plan. To help prevent this gohere
(2) Meanwhile there is a story in this week’s Hackney Gazette p.10, about Hackney Council removing trees from Inglethorpe House, Tower Court Garden’s Estate in E5, without consulting local people. The trees were said to have Fireblight disease but some trees removed were disease free and if suffering from anything, from bad soil and weather conditions that were remedial.
(3) Over in Chingford, there is a plan to build a road through a green and construct 6 new three-bed houses on the historic Friday Hill House site on Simmons Lane.
BEES & NEONICOTINOIDS – story in this week’s Private Eye p.13 about the Environment Secretary announcing more wildflowers on motorway verges but not swaying from Government resistance to continuing the Europe-wide ban on deadly pesticides. Also, if you missed Radio 4’s “Life Scientific” on Tuesday morning, which was about bees and neonicotinoids, do listen on BBCIPlayer. P.S. This week’sPrivate Eye has some other good stories this week including items on Crystal Palace, farm land birds and Mr. Pickles ...
LEA BRIDGE STATION – on line discussion about the re-opening of this station; the date would seem to be December 2015 – but lots of questions about accessibility, cycling etc. that local people want answers to from Waltham Forest Council.
EVENTS On Saturday 15 November from 11-13.00 p.m. starting in the Springfield Park Cafe off Upper Clapton Road, there is the “Make Grow Do: Inspirational Tour of Growing Communities, in Hackney and Stoke Newington, organised by Groundwork, taking place. You need to be quick and book a place by email@example.com.
Also this Saturday 15 November,1- 5pm, (and again on Saturday 22 November, 1-5pm) adults and families can join in making giant sculptural paper lanterns, inspired by fruits, vegetables and seed-pods at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. The sessions are free and no booking is necessary - just turn up and stay for as long as you like. All we ask is that you leave the lanterns to help light up the Garden on 'Light Nights'.
Thursday 20 November at 7.30, Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, E5 OPU there is a public meeting on housing “Don’t be cut to bits: Hackney for the People! Not Profit”.
Monday December 1 at 7.00 p.m. at the Hackney Marshes Centre a.k.a. “Rusty Box”, there is a talk organised by Hackney Parks by Alistair Hayes, Living Landscape Manager of the London Wildlife Trust on Hackney Biodiversity. Booking necessary go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 802 4573.
Next SLM meeting – Monday 17 November at 7.30 p.m., at the Princess of Wales Pub, Lea Bridge Road. Open to all – pre-booking not necessary.
AND FINALLY – Official confirmation that every gardener and green space manager should know – “Weeds (by definition) will always win”. Story in this Thursday’s Daily Telegraph p.11 about researchers from the University of New South Wales, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences conducting a study on Britain’s plant species confirms that some of our plants thought of as weeds are getting stronger or making other adaptations to survive. Resistance is futile...another reason not to use pesticides